Three tweens find themselves in a galaxy-spanning competition in “How I Spent My Summer Invasion,” a graphic novel written by Oklahoma native Patrick Rieger.
At the beginning of the summer, Tim, Elly and Russ happen upon the exclusive hotel La Galatique. But La Galatique isn't just any exclusive hotel — it caters to intergalactic alien travelers.
“The first day, Russ, who's a baseball player, accidentally smashes this big, ornate sculpture out front,” Rieger said. “They have to spend part of their summer working there as bellhops for this hotel. And in the process of that, there's actually a big rivalry.”
As the three begin their new jobs for the hotel proprietor, the beetle-like Je'tarl, they find themselves in competition with a huge hotel conglomerate that caters to aliens. The evil hotel mogul Mol'tar Xilton is determined to ruin La Galatique's reputation.
“There's some kind of sabotage going on,” Rieger said. “And Tim, Elly and Russ have to figure out how to solve it.”
Rieger, who now lives in Los Angeles, is a writer for the upcoming “Thunderbirds” animated series reboot. He's also working on comic-book properties. “How I Spent My Summer Invasion” was drawn by Mark Sean Wilson and published by WE Comics.
“Invasion,” now out as a graphic novel collecting five individual issues, was called “delightful” by Girlsreadcomics.com and “gut-busting” by fanboycomics.net.